This is a heart warming two part interview conducted by Alex Wallau of ABC Sports with Cus D’Amato and Mike Tyson. This Day in boxing history April 20, 1984. A 17-year-old Tyson and D’amato Reel 1, sit down to talk about their lives and their relationship. Mike even at this young age was already being recognised as headed for greatness.
D’amato is open and candid about what he thinks of him, how their partnership came to be and the aspirations of both men as they talk about the past and future plans. It’s a fascinating insight into the almost father-son like relationship between the two. Tyson is very obvious in the respect he has for his coach and friend.
While residing in a local boys reform school, Mike was first introduced to D’Amato somewhere around the age of 12 or 13. And it was under the tutelage of D’Amato that Tyson became the most feared heavyweight boxer to walk the planet. It was the guidance and push of Cus which helped to develop Tyson from an angry street fighter. Into the most devastating puncher, the boxing world had ever seen.
Let’s take a close look and listen to this fascinating interview with two of the greatest figures in world boxing history. A moment in time when the pair were in complete alignment and building the future career and legacy of Iron Mike Tyson.